Bound To Stay Bound

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 Crow of his own
 Author: Lambert, Megan Dowd

 Illustrator: Costello, David

 Publisher:  Charlesbridge
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 21 x 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 538354 ISBN: 9781580894470
 Ages: 4-6 Grades: K-1

 Roosters -- Fiction
 Domestic animals -- Fiction
 Farm life -- Fiction
 Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction

Price: $19.99

Clyde the rooster is a little scrawny, so he is having a hard time trying to measure up to his predecessor on the farm--but with a little help from a friendly goose he may find a crow of his own.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 174018

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/15)
   School Library Journal (04/01/15)
   Booklist (04/01/15)
 The Hornbook (00/03/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2015 K-Gr 3—When Larry, a prize-winning rooster, takes off for new opportunities, Farmer Jay and Farmer Kevin replace him with Clyde. When the farm animals see the scrawny new bird for the first time, they say things like "Uh-oh" and "Not much pep in his step." A group of chickens ignores him because they are too busy declaring their love for Larry in the dirt with their feet. A motherly goose named Roberta steps in to help Clyde when she sees him worrying about living up to Larry's "cock-a-doodle-doo." After several failures, Clyde learns that he doesn't need to impress the others with showmanship and props. He just needs to be himself and that is enough to make him stand out from the others. The watercolor illustrations are realistic in style, but the doubting animals speak in humorous dialogue balloons, and they occasionally act like people (they watch Larry on TV and read the newspaper). VERDICT A very funny but telling look at self-acceptance and not assuming the worst based on first impressions.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/01/2015 Farmers Jay and Kevin replace their old rooster, Larry, with a new one, Clyde, but the barnyard animals clearly find the scrawny little fellow unimpressive. Distressed, Clyde prepares for his crack-of-dawn debut by working all day on his props, costume, and choreography. That first morning, he oversleeps. On the next, he and his unicycle fall off the roof of the coop. After several failures, Clyde listens to Roberta’s advice, “Forget about Larry. Just crow your own crow,” and greets the dawn with a resounding “COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!” The text of this picture book reads aloud well, while the speech balloons in the illustrations carry candid and sometimes funny comments by the barnyard animals. Simply drawn and bright with fluid watercolors, the illustrations reflect the amusing tone of the text. Wrapped in humor, the story’s message is lightly delivered and easy to accept. Children are likely to feel so happy with Clyde’s success that they’ll want to crow right along with him. A fine choice for storytime. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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